Children and Youth

UUCS Religious Education

For children and youth, from infants through high school
Sybil Argintar, Director of Religious Education at dre@uucs.org

Remembering Who We Are: Our Guiding Principles (Adult version)

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  2. Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within. our congregations and in society at large;
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Remembering Who We Are: Our Guiding Principles (Children/Youth version)

  1. We believe each and every person is important;
  2. We believe all people should be treated fairly;
  3. In our congregations, all people are accepted and learn together;
  4. We believe each person is free to search for what is true and right in life;
  5. Everyone deserves a vote about the things that concern them;
  6. We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world;
  7. We believe in caring for our planet Earth and every living thing that shares it with us.

Child and Youth Protection Policy

At UUCS, the care and nurturing of our children and youth is of the utmost importance.  We have developed, in collaboration with the Religious Education Committee and the Board of Directors, a strong safety policy that helps to ensure the protection of all of our children and youth, whether member, friend, or visitor.  The full policy can be viewed here.

Weekly Religious Education for All Ages

 

RE Connections for the week of March 4

Click here for the churchwide Mountain Retreat registration link. This year’s event will be April 12-14. Registration deadline is March 29. The Mountain is not accepting paper registrations any longer. If you have any difficulty with the online system, you may contact the Mountain, and they will assist you with registration. Limited scholarship funds are available. Contact Sybil (dre@uucs.org) if you need assistance!

A Darkness to Light workshop will be offered on Sunday, March 24 following the service, led by Anne Garner. This excellent program focuses on being good stewards of children and the importance of safety policies in churches to avoid any possible abusive situations toward children. This will be required for all childcare staff who have not already taken the training, and all volunteer teachers, assistants, and parents are encouraged to attend. The cost is $10/per person to help cover the cost of the training manual. Please bring a dish for a potluck lunch. Register here by Friday, March 8.

Our next intergenerational Sunday is March 31 for the Easter/Spring service. There will be a story time (Time for All Ages) during the service. Following the service, we’ll hold our annual Easter egg hunt for all ages. Join us!

We will be offering a very special service on Sunday, May 5.  This fully intergenerational service will include a Child Dedication and a Bridging Ceremony.  Child Dedication welcomes new children and youth (infant – high school) into the congregation, with a promise to support and nurture them. The Bridging ceremony honors those youth 18 years of age/high school graduates who are setting forth into the world, again with a promise to continue to be there for them as they begin larger life ventures.  If you are interested in participating in either one of these, please email Sybil no later than April 16 so we can plan for this service.


RE for Sunday, March 10
Classes:

Infant – 4K:  Cooperative Play Time  (Room 2) with Ron and Randi

5K – 2nd Grades: Around the Church, Around the Year (Rooms 3 and 5)|
Our Favorite Objects (Sara, Tracy)
Talking about the meaning behind our favorite objects, and discussion of objects/symbols around church

IMPORTANT!!!!  PLEASE SEND A FAVORITE OBJECT WITH YOUR CHILD THIS MORNING (STUFFED ANIMAL, SOUVENIR FROM A SPECIAL PLACE, A PHOTO, ETC.)

3rd – 5th Grades:  Holidays and Holy Days (Room 6)
Festima  (Ella, Katy)
Learning about the African Festival of Masks

6th – 12th Grades: Popcorn Theology (Room 4)–popcorn served!
This week, we’ll begin watching Gandhi.  (Sybil, Melanie)

For movie weeks:
**Parents of Youth:  It would be great if your youth could watch the movie at home before the class.  Then we’ll be seeing it again during the class time.  This will also help if your youth can’t be there both of the Sundays so he/she will be familiar with the movie before the discussion time.  All movies should be available on Amazon Prime.**

**Please also note that these classes will run until 12:15 to 12:30 each week so we have time to watch movies.**

Highlights from RE Connections for All Ages

General Spiritual Resources and Readings for Families
Recommended books for preschool through middle school featuring Muslim characters.

Lessons for Home Schooling or School Projects
AI lessons for Grades 6 – 12

 

Mountain Summer Camps–Registration is open and these fill quickly!  We have some scholarship funds available if needed!

Beginner Camp (ages 6 – 8)
Elementary Camp (ages 9 -11)
Intermediate farm camp (ages 12 – 14)
Intermediate Camp (ages 12 – 14)
Outdoor Skills and Adventure (ages 15 – 17)
Senior High Farm Camp (ages 15 – 17)
Senior High Camp (ages 15 – 17)
Ascender (ages 16 – 17)
Counselor In Training (ages 16 – 17)

Religious education for Infant through High School
for Spring 2024:


Infant – 4K:
 Cooperative play time with childcare staff

5K – 2nd Grades:  Around the Church, Around the Year
This curriculum introduces young UUs to their church home community, including meeting staff and volunteers, learning about the church building and grounds, and celebrating their connections to the larger church congregation. 

3rd – 5th Grades:  Holidays and Holy Days
Children in this group will learn about faith and celebratory traditions from many different religions and cultures around the world. 

6th – 12th Grades:  Popcorn Theology
Youth will have the opportunity to view a selected list of movies over two or three sessions, followed by discussions. Popcorn will be served! This class is open to all youth and will run until 12:15 or 12:30 each week.

6th – 12th Grades:  Youth Group
Youth Group will meet for Third Sunday Socials after church for a fun gathering time! Specific times and places TBD. Watch for emails from Anne.

6th – 12th Grades: Do you have a concert, game, art show, or other event coming up? Let us know. We can’t promise we will be there, but we would like to know what you have going on, and if we are able, we might show up! Email Anne.

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